In Corona Corner, we are asking musicians how the outbreak has effected them, how did they adapt to the situation, what did they learn. In front of Canadian Black Metal band Plague Weaver, JC (vocals) speaks their Quarantine Story.
Hi! How are you doing during corona outbreak?
Hi! I’m doing fine. It’s been a difficult year, but also a good opportunity for relaxation.
What have you cancelled/postponed due coronavirus?
Countless family/friend gatherings, and all show opportunities. Plague Weaver has used the opportunity to write, and begin lineup preparation for live shows when the time comes.
How the global coronavirus pandemic is directly impacting bands?
It seems to be affecting bands pretty deeply. For a lot of bands, live performance is the main goal. The global pandemic has absolutely turned the music industry on its head, with both performer and audience learning to engage music and performance differently.
How are you keeping your fans during this chaotic period?
Remaining active online is really important during this time. We know that if anyone wants to listen to our music, it’ll be done online. Making sure that we’re always available, and always releasing something is the best way to keep fans engaged.
What will metal look like when we re-emerge from isolation?
I think it’s likely that we might see a surge in live performance. Metalheads all over the world are definitely itching to get back into the pit. A year (and possibly more) of isolation also likely puts many bands into writing-mode, which I think could spark a lot of creativity and changes in direction from established musicians.
Who will suffer the most after all: musicians, organizers promoters…
That’s a pretty difficult question to answer. I’d like to think that all of these groups at the upper-tier of the industry would be fine. It’s the musicians, organizers, and promoters at the local level who are hurt the most by the global pandemic. Toronto has also seen many local venues close their doors for good as a result of the loss in business.
What is your isolation soundtrack?
Akercocke, Imperial Triumphant, Mgla, Behemoth (particularly ‘The Satanist’) – to name a few. I’m trying to keep things as dismal as possible during this time, hahaha.
Besides gigs, what/whom do you miss the most?
There is a huge circle of friends, peers, and family whom I haven’t seen since the pandemic has started. There will be a lot of catching up to do, once the time permits. Beyond that, most of my hobbies are pretty solitary.. So pretty unaffected by the pandemic.
Do you have any rehearsals during quarantine? If yes, how do they look like?
Not really. We are just coordinating with each other, and doing our homework. Rehearsals will definitely start back up once gathering restrictions in our area are lifted.
Thank you so much for your time. Stay safe!